Week Ahead

The Week Ahead 6 September 2019

17 September 2019

From the Master Julian Jeffrey

Dear parents The new academic year may only be two weeks old, but the school is already brimming with energy and purpose. I have been to lessons to see classes from all age groups busy and engaged with their learning. I outlined the main academic goals for the school in my recent start of year letter, and I am so delighted to see how hard all our pupils and staff are working towards making those goals a reality. Such positive news and progress would be reason enough to rejoice, but the Wellington College family of schools is enjoying a double celebration this week. The first is the stunning series of results achieved by pupils graduating from Wellington. You will have heard already of our own record-breaking examination results at IGCSE and A Level here in Tianjin; we have just heard the excellent news from our sister schools in Shanghai and the UK that they too have achieved unparalleled success in the their public examinations’ results. Our aim across the entire Wellington organisation is to offer our pupils unrivalled educational opportunities, regardless of the school or city in which they find themselves, and results of this scale underline the huge advantages our pupils have in their ambitions to reach the world’s best universities. Our second source of shared celebration is the 10th anniversary this week of the founding of Wellington College China. Tianjin, as you will know, is the site where Wellington College first launched its overseas group, but before the school opened its doors to pupils in 2011, the foundation of the project to bring the best of eastern and western educational practices together in one organisation was born in 2009. Staff and governors from across China, joined by senior colleagues from the UK, will come together for a series of special commemorative events aimed at celebrating the passion, the extraordinary vision and the drive of our founder and Chair of Governors, Mrs Joy Qiao. It gives great pleasure to all of us here in Tianjin to play such a central part in the history of the Wellington College China group, and we are very much looking forward to sharing this landmark anniversary with her and all our colleagues next week. Best wishes Julian Jeffrey MASTER
1100hrs, Wednesday 11th September Every Wednesday morning from 0900hrs -1015hrs, parents will have the chance to engage with the school in sessions that cover all aspects of your child’s education, from the Early Years to A Levels and university admissions. For this week’s meeting, Mrs Dionne Zantua will then outline language plans in the Nest at 1100hrs in room N205.   FROM THE DEPUTY HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL Roald Dahl Day 12th September, Thursday September 13th marks the birth date of Roald Dahl, the famous British novelist and poet, and one of the greatest story-tellers of children’s literature. In memory of the popular writer, our pupils in the Junior School will dress up as their favourite of Dahl’s character and share their love for Roald Dahl’s books. Our children will enjoy Buddy Reading and discover more of the secrets of Dahl’s writing: his inventive, playful use of language; a sense of humor and incredible imagination: the reason he was able to win the hearts of so many readers. This year’s event will take place on 12th September. We also have special mystery guests reading Dahl books to our pupils, leading up to the day, as well as hidden golden tickets around the Junior School that result in a surprise event. Parents are welcome to watch the Dahl Costume Parade on the field, at 1000hrs, on 12th September. Art Every Friday 8:30-11:00 MB125 Mrs Markovic ksenija.jakic@wellingtoncollege.cn Mandarin Every Tuesday 10:15-11:15 MB125 Mrs Yuan and Mrs Zhang yizhang001@foxmail.com EAL (Beginner level) Every Tuesday of Week A 8:30-9:30 MB234 Mr Furse David.Furse@wellingtoncollege.cn EAL (Advanced level) Every Thursday of Week B 8:30-9:30 MB234 Mr Furse David.Furse@wellingtoncollege.cn Pilates Every Tuesday 8:45-10:00 Black Box Mrs Stofkova dstofkova@yahoo.com Pilates Every Friday 8:45-10:00 Black Box Mrs Stofkova dstofkova@yahoo.com Yoga Every Wednesday 8:45-10:00 Black Box Mrs Havlíková havlikann@gmail.com Yoga Every Thursday 10:45-12:00 Black Box Mrs Havlíková havlikann@gmail.com Traditional Chinese Medicine Every Thursday 9:00-10:30 MB113 Mrs Markovic ksenija.jakic@gmail.com Notice: Any changes of time/date/venue please follow the notice according to the course organiser. UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 09 September 2019 All Day Week 4 (B)   09:00AM-10:00AM Year 8 Parent Briefing: Wellington College Summer School (ES) (Common Room)   11:00AM – 12:00PM Senior School assembly (JMS) (Theatre)   4:00PM ISCOT League HS Boys and Girls Volleyball vs TEDA (a) (RG)   Tuesday 10 September 2019 All Day Wellington College China: 10 Year anniversary celebration (PR) (Theatre)   8:45AM – 10:00AM FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)   10:15AM – 11:15AM FOW: Mandarin class (LL)   4:00PM ISCOT League MS Boys and Girls Football vs IST (a) (RG)   Wednesday 11 September 2019 8:45AM – 10:00AM FOW: Yoga class (LL) (Black Box)   9:00AM – 11:45AM Parent briefing: English language development at Wellington (ES) (Main Building)   3:05PM – 3:45PM Junior School assembly (RA) (Theatre)   Thursday 12 September 2019 All Day Roald Dahl Day (MM) (JS)   9:00AM – 10:30AM FOW: TCM class (LL)   10:45AM – 12:00PM FOW: Yoga class (LL) (Black Box)   2:00PM – 3:00PM Meet the Master: Years 7-11 (ES) (DoY)   2:00PM – 5:00PM Junior School inter-house football (RG) (Sports Centre)   5:00PM Nest baseline reports published (DZ)   5:00PM – 6:30PM Senior School parents’ evening: Year 7 Open House (DP) (Main Building)   5:30PM Senior School parent briefing: Year 12 – university applications and summer schools (JMS) (Main Building)   Friday 13 September 2019 All Day Mid-Autumn Festival (school closed) (ES)